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Search for names that begin with a specified set of characters

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 8 Beta

To search for names that begin with a specified set of characters

  1. Open WINS.

  2. In the console tree, click Active Registrations.


    • WINS/applicable WINS server/Active Registrations

  3. On the Action menu, click Display Records.

  4. Select the Filter records matching this Name pattern check box.

  5. In Filter records matching this Name pattern, type one or more characters to be used in the search.

  6. Click Find Now to begin the search.

    WINS searches the server database and displays any names that begin with the specified characters in uppercase.


  • To open WINS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click WINS.

  • Any lowercase text entered in Filter records matching this Name pattern is converted to uppercase when WINS performs the record search. WINS does uppercase searches only and does not display any records that contain lowercase characters.

  • By default, in the Display Records dialog box, all NetBIOS name record owners are selected on the Record Owners tab, and all NetBIOS name suffix record types are selected on the Record Types tab. If you have a large network or a large number of WINS servers, running a query without refining these selections could cause degradation of network performance due to the large data load transfer.

  • You must select at least one record owner and at least one record type in order for the search operation to successfully return one or more name records.

  • If you select the Enable result caching check box, the search results will be downloaded from the WINS server and stored in local random access memory (RAM). Because search results are stored in RAM, subsequent record searches on this name pattern will be faster. If a large number of records are returned, however, caching of records might take a long time and could adversely affect overall network performance.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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